The Canadian Judicial Council has published three new informational handbooks for self-represented litigants who are involved in civil, criminal or family litigation procedures. The goal of the handbooks is to help those who are not represented by legal counsel to better prepare for court proceedings, and to provide judges with tools they can recommend to such persons to help them access the courts.
The handbooks make it simple for self-represented litigants to access information for each province and territory in both official languages on how to prepare for a hearing, the applicable rules and law, where to find free or lower cost legal help and related resource agencies, among many other things.
Civil Law Handbook
Criminal Law Handbook
Family Law Handbook
9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Open to the public on Friday afternoons.
Library staff will canvass other libraries for materials and information when not available in-house.
A photocopier is available in the library for use by counsel, at a cost of $0.25 per page black and white or $0.50 for colour copies. Printing is also available at the same cost. Faxes may be sent and received at the library, with the fee based on the number of pages and the destination.
Wireless access is available in the library and lounge areas. Library staff will key in the required password on request. Computers are available for use by library patrons, with internet access and word processing software.